J.N. Fries Magnet School originally opened in 1989 as a traditional middle school named after the late Joseph Nelson Fries. Mr. Fries was a Cabarrus County Schools Superintendent from 1977-1988 and led the county through many transitions. The original J.N. Fries Middle School was the main feeder school to Central Cabarrus High School and at one point had an enrollment of 1542 students. Our mascot is the Knights, which we often refer to as the Noble Knights. From 1998-2003 J.N. Fries Middle School was named a School of Distinction. In addition, J.N. Fries Middle School has a history of high growth.
In August 2011, J.N. Fries reopened as a magnet school housing both the S.T.E.M. and International Studies programs. As a magnet school, students who reside in Cabarrus County may apply to attend J.N. Fries. Students who meet the requirements will then be placed in a lottery provided there are no more slots available.
J.N. Fries Magnet School was granted the Honor School of Excellence award for the 2011-12 school year. Also, in the Spring of 2013 the International Studies program was proud to announce I.B. authorization designation and now offers the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.